Carlos Alberto Torres Discusses UNESCO’s 2030 Agenda on Schools

UNESCO UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education spoke at international meeting in Mexico City.

UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education Carlos Alberto Torres delivered a keynote and served as a workshop facilitator for the Taller de análisis sobre la Convivencia Escolar en el marco de la agenda 2030 (Workshop of Analysis of Living Together in Schools in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda, which was organized by the Secretariat of Public Education and UNESCO in the Federal District, Mexico City, Nov. 6-7. The conference analyzed the experiences of UNESCO’s Convivencia Escolar project implemented in all states of Mexico for the last two years.

Torres’ keynote, “The Importance of Global Citizenship in the New Millennium,” focused on the need to transition perspectives on education and schools from local, personal, and emotional to global, collective, and rational.

After providing an overview of the sustainable development goals, and particularly the importance of goal 4.7 on global citizenship education, Torres challenged Mexican educators – most of them coordinators of Convivencia Escolar project in several states within Mexico – to look at the issues from critical theoretical and empirical perspectives. He posits that on global citizenship education should help to examine how globalization has affected and is affecting educational reform in K–12 and higher education systems worldwide. Torres further asserts that Global Citizenship Education is a form of civic learning that emphasizes the importance of action in learning and confronts issues of social justice and identity on a local, national, and global scale, uniting theory and practice and calling for active participation in projects that address global issues of a social, political, economic, or environmental nature.